1st Edition

Communities of Practice in Language Research
A Critical Introduction

ISBN 9781138942479
Published June 16, 2019 by Routledge
186 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Communities of Practice in Language Research provides an up-to-date and critical introduction to the community of practice framework and how this can be applied to language research. Critiquing and offering alternative suggestions for the ways in which researchers frame research participants as members of communities of practice, with the goal of inspiring use of the Community of Practice (CofP) model in new areas of research, this book:

  • engages in extended critical analysis of past research as well as questioning recent applications and suggesting limitations
  • incorporates instructive examples from multiple fields, including Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, Critical Discourse Studies, Language Teaching & Learning, Literacy Studies, and a trailblazing section on Language & Digital Media
  • brings up-to-date the key questions and concerns around the Communities of Practice model, debunking myths and re-emphasising ongoing challenges.

Communities of Practice in Language Research is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying research methods or undertaking research projects in those areas.

Table of Contents

Author Acknowledgements

Foreword by Janet Holmes

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 – Communities of Practice

Chapter 3 – Language Variation & Change

Chapter 4 – Language, Gender, and Sexuality

Chapter 5 – Language in the Workplace

Chapter 6 – Language Learning

Chapter 7 – Language in the Online/Offline Nexus

Chapter 8 – Conclusion


Appendix A – Transcription Conventions

Appendix B – Participant Descriptions


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Brian W. King, School of English, The University of Hong Kong


"This book provides a useful guide for those interested in using CoP as a conceptual and analytically tool for applied linguistics research. It provides a much-needed and detailed critique of how CoP research has been interpreted and used, drawing attention to the need for equal consideration of the linguistic and social when examining the interaction of social practices and modes of belonging."

Donna Starks, La Trobe University, Australia